MDOT unveils 15 alternative plans to widen highways

I-270

The plan to widen the beltway on I-495 and I-270 is just a few steps away and on Wednesday the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration held another workshop to discuss future plans.

Drivers say they are fed up with traffic. According to MDOT, Maryland has the second highest commuting time in the nation.

 

“It takes me at least two hours if I leave at 4 o’clock its really irritating,” said Maryland driver, Angel Eli.

To minimize driver commute time in the area, the MDOT’s state highway administration has 15 plans for the public to choose from.

“They are all different they include – one lane and two lane alternatives, one lane in each direction, two lanes in each direction” said Lisa Choplin, I-495 & I-270 P-3 office director.

As some drivers may have noticed, there is a project on I-270 in the works for improvements.

“It started construction late last year and its doing short term spot improvements on I-270,” said Jeff Folden, Maryland State Highway Administration Project Deputy Director.

Some say certain areas on the road are worse than others.

“That’s where the big jam is from Clarksburg down to Montgomery Village,” said

Robin Ficker (R), candidate for Montgomery County Executive.

“Coming off from 495 to college park gets really bad” said Christian Eli, Maryland driver.

Officials say they will be able to pin point the cost once they narrow down a plan. Gov. Hogan passed a $9 billion dollar traffic relief plan last year.

 MDOT officials say the study results will be in late this year or early.

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